Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife successfully acquired 1,231.01 acres of critical habitat in the Methow watershed. Acquisitions include 431.02 acres in fee acquisition and two conservation easements, 800.00 acres. This project protects cross-valley corridors for animal movement; conserves the upper valley’s largest privately held block of shrub-steppe habitat; protects more than 40 priority habitats and species including sharp-tail grouse, spring Chinook, steelhead, bull trout, and rare carnivores; and enhances fishing, hunting, and watchable wildlife opportunities. This grant also provided a state match for federal funding.